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Helicopter Lands Hard, Near Skateboarders (VIDEO)

05/09/2011 01:11 pm ET | Updated Jul 09, 2011

A helicopter with four people inside made a nose-first emergency landing near the finish line of a skateboarding race near Golden. Dozens of spectators dived to protect themselves from the blades, and no one was injured.

The crash happened on Sunday afternoon, interrupting the Buffalo Bill Downhill race on Lookout Mountain Road. Skateboarding speeds can reach up to 40 miles per hour in the 1.1 mile race, and the helicopter was helping film at the finish line.

CBS4 reports:

The helicopter was registered to Colorado Heli-Ops, a Broomfield company. Owner Dennis Pierce told CBS4 on Monday that the pilot reported a loss of power and that he put the helicopter down in the best place he could under the circumstances.

Finals were cancelled due to the crash.

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